Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015

Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015

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50. Lotic - Agitations

Lotic - Agitations
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
73
7 reviews

49. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - A Year With 13 Moons

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - A Year With 13 Moons
February 9, 2015
Ambient
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
74
34 reviews

13 Moons is a celebration of fading detail, a reminder that we’ll only ever continue to forget.

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48. Liturgy - The Ark Work

Liturgy - The Ark Work
March 24, 2015
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
68
13 reviews
User Score
64
34 reviews

47. Seth Graham - No.00 in clean life

Seth Graham - No.00 in clean life
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

46. Dr. Yen Lo - Days With Dr. Yen Lo

Dr. Yen Lo - Days With Dr. Yen Lo
May 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
79
16 reviews

45. Jlin - Dark Energy

Jlin - Dark Energy
March 24, 2015
Footwork
Critic Score
84
5 reviews
User Score
72
91 reviews

By prioritizing rhythm over hooks, by turning away from looped vocal samples and toward a starker, more tensile vocabulary of snares and strings, Dark Energy immediately sounds like a benchmark, an outlier in terms of minimalist abstraction and intensity.

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44. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

D'Angelo - Black Messiah
December 15, 2014
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
93
24 reviews
User Score
85
380 reviews

D’angelo’s music is soul against evil. Murder, racism, violence, oppression, hatred: Black Messiah is protest music, healing music, a bomb and a balm.

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43. Food Court - Food Court

Food Court - Food Court
February 16, 2015
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
85
1 review

42. Ben Zimmerman - The Baltika Years

Ben Zimmerman - The Baltika Years
June 9, 2015
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
80
1 review

41. DJ Nigga Fox - Noite E Dia

DJ Nigga Fox - Noite E Dia
March 23, 2015
Critic Score
84
2 reviews
User Score
76
2 reviews

40. Chicklette - UNFAITHFUL

Chicklette - UNFAITHFUL
February 17, 2015
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
70
2 reviews

39. Zs - Xe

Zs - Xe
January 27, 2015
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
70
38 reviews

38. Amnesia Scanner - Angels Rig Hook

Amnesia Scanner - Angels Rig Hook
February 26, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
77
3 reviews

37. Autre Ne Veut - Age of Transparency

Autre Ne Veut - Age of Transparency
October 2, 2015
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
74
12 reviews
User Score
73
55 reviews

Age of Transparency is heady and dizzying, even more unpleasant than Anxiety at times, but it’s keyed in to the zeitgeist in a way that feels genuine, constructive even.

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36. Lolina - Relaxin' with LOLINA

Lolina - Relaxin' with LOLINA
March 10, 2015
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
58
3 reviews

35. Holly Herndon - Platform

Holly Herndon - Platform
May 19, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
76
168 reviews
Holly Herndon’s latest collection of avant-garde electronic music is smart, innovative, politically urgent, and very, very sensual.
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34. Eartheater - RIP Chrysalis

Eartheater - RIP Chrysalis
October 20, 2015
Critic Score
78
2 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

33. Rabit & Chino Amobi - The Great Game: Freedom From Mental Poisoning

Rabit & Chino Amobi - The Great Game: Freedom From Mental Poisoning
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
88
1 review

32. Giant Claw - Deep Thoughts

Giant Claw - Deep Thoughts
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
79
2 reviews

31. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
28 reviews
User Score
81
625 reviews
With pacing like a serial manga franchise, the album shines through its relentless ability to grow on you, despite all odds.
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30. U.S. Girls - Half Free

U.S. Girls - Half Free
September 25, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
User Score
76
88 reviews

Half Free is a dudless, succinct record with nonetheless staggering scope.

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29. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
August 21, 2015
Dance Pop
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
User Score
79
342 reviews

28. Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls

Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls
May 12, 2015
Noise
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
74
61 reviews
The album is dripping in homage to power electronics, harsh noise, and ambient synth music; it’s a combination of influences that have been explored to varying extents throughout his back catalogue, and it’s been done here to impeccable effect.
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27. M.E.S.H. - Piteous Gate

M.E.S.H. - Piteous Gate
July 24, 2015
IDM
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
72
7 reviews

With Piteous Gate, you hear an artist becoming strong to themselves, not as a strong icon or representation, but as a capable force across industrialized identities, one who extracts dances from the cosmos.

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26. Fourth World Magazine Vol. II - Pinhead In Fantasia

Fourth World Magazine Vol. II - Pinhead In Fantasia
November 1, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
74
3 reviews

25. Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee

Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
February 3, 2015
Experimental
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
66
27 reviews

COIN COIN Chapter Three: river run thee is infinite and indispensable in its cultural worth and true-ly timeless and comprehensive in its scope. A masterwork of human history, still in progress.

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24. Cloud Rat - Qliphoth

Cloud Rat - Qliphoth
May 29, 2015
Grindcore
Critic Score
82
2 reviews
User Score
78
7 reviews

23. Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl

Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl
June 9, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
75
143 reviews
Each piece makes for a beautiful, unceremonious introduction to the otherwise private and sensitive world Hval has always dared to define.
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22. Helen - The Original Faces

Helen - The Original Faces
September 4, 2015
Dream Pop
Critic Score
74
8 reviews
User Score
74
40 reviews

Sometimes you have a dream and it’s not bad. It’s not wish-fulfillment, but you feel more alive for having had it. The memory of the dream’s worth nothing, but you’ll chase the feeling all day. This album is a lot like that.

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21. D/P/I - Ad Hocc

D/P/I - Ad Hocc
April 10, 2015
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
84
1 review

20. Dawn Richard - Blackheart

Dawn Richard - Blackheart
January 15, 2015
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
81
6 reviews
User Score
75
76 reviews

Blackheart is ongoing and nearly seamless, unselfconscious in its refashioning of 80s guitar licks, steel drums, 256-bit EDM, flutes, and trap snares.

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19. Smurphy - A Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness

Smurphy - A Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness
May 12, 2015
Glitch Pop
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
66
5 reviews

18. Lil Ugly Mane - Third Side of Tape

Lil Ugly Mane - Third Side of Tape
April 29, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
79
39 reviews

17. Ahnnu - Perception

Ahnnu - Perception
April 7, 2015
Glitch
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
84
4 reviews

16. Container - LP

Container - LP
June 8, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
User Score
75
36 reviews

As last year’s attention-grabbing Adhesive EP intimated, the new Container is a richly rhythmic powerhouse of gleeful propulsion. The beats trump everything, including the tones that are so overdriven they might as well be more beats.

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15. Joanna Newsom - Divers

Joanna Newsom - Divers
October 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
31 reviews
User Score
83
240 reviews

Divers is, to greatly oversimplify its project and to mention only one of its many mythic frames of reference, about the fall and redemption of humanity. That divine catastrophe is scaled down to the commonly human quantity of the sensible work of art, rich in emotional honesty and poetic complexity.

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14. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
February 12, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
76
349 reviews

With If You’re Reading This, there is union between his effort to “mythologically aggrandize” himself and to relieve creative pressure by half-redundantly (and “meaningfully”) delivering what people what: Drake content, Drake lyrics, Drake beats… a Drake album.

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13. Sicko Mobb - Super Saiyan Vol. 2

Sicko Mobb - Super Saiyan Vol. 2
April 1, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
2 reviews
User Score
67
11 reviews

12. Beat Detectives - Boogie Chillen / The Hills of Cypress

Beat Detectives - Boogie Chillen / The Hills of Cypress
May 25, 2015
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
79
2 reviews

11. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
September 25, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
87
24 reviews
User Score
84
436 reviews

Have You In My Wilderness is all about walking away and looking back, the content of desire and its form, the voice in search of clarifying itself.

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10. SOPHIE - PRODUCT

SOPHIE - PRODUCT
November 27, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
75
17 reviews
User Score
76
89 reviews

SOPHIE’S PRODUCT relies on amiable, nonchalant, subconscious confusion.

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9. Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura
January 20, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
86
28 reviews
User Score
82
520 reviews
This is music that gnaws at your bones. And make no mistake, this is every second Björk’s album. And it is nothing short of breathtaking.
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8. Future - DS2

Future - DS2
July 17, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
71
188 reviews

DS2 finds a hellish, motivating power by articulating how it’s possible to have the best time of your life during the worst time of your life. And it all sounds so good.

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7. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
90
32 reviews
User Score
87
949 reviews

6. Elysia Crampton - American Drift

Elysia Crampton - American Drift
August 7, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
71
19 reviews

5. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete

Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
November 13, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
80
204 reviews

If anything, Garden of Delete showcases how fragile the genre, the signifier, the “culture” is in 2015.

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4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
94
32 reviews
User Score
89
1266 reviews

Underlying To Pimp a Butterfly’s system of contradictions is a narrative of hope against the brutality of the systematic destruction of the unity of the culture, the murderous cops and the drug wars — that hope is in the possibilities of consciousness, that ever elusive revolutionary power that makes us all rulers of this world.

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3. James Ferraro - Skid Row

James Ferraro - Skid Row
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
70
3 reviews
User Score
65
12 reviews

2. Young Thug - Barter 6

Young Thug - Barter 6
April 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
74
144 reviews

Regardless of the form, Barter 6 offers a fantastic explication of the capabilities Thug has been honing — the capabilities of liminality.

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1. Arca - Mutant

Arca - Mutant
November 20, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
76
155 reviews
Perhaps through his relentless work output, Arca has transcended the limitations of digital structure to arrive at fluid alien-jazz.
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